July 2020 Newsletter
2020 NPAA Conference
Due to the continued prevalence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and with respect to ensuring that your safety and clinical obligations are prioritized, the 2020 NPAA Annual Conference scheduled to take place November 13-14, 2020, in Birmingham has been canceled .

NPAA is currently planning some online options to allow Alabama NPs to receive CEs and Pharma Hours. We are also working to solidify an online option to host the 2019 Opioid Guidelines Update required for the QACSC. 

Please don't hesitate to contact  Denise Williams  for any questions. As soon as additional opportunities come available, they will be posted under the Events pages and emailed to the NPAA Membership.

NPAA would like to thank you for being on the front lines of this crisis. Your services are invaluable.
2020 Officer Nominations-Apply NOW
Serving as a leader in NPAA offers great opportunities to build professional networks with other nursing professionals and support the legislative process. Take an opportunity to get involved! The NPAA Nominating Committee has opened its 2020 Call for Nominations for the following offices:

VP of Policy:  Shall be familiar with and represent NPAA on all matters related to NP policy matters. The VP for Policy serves as the Parliamentarian, chairs the Legislative Committee, and may take on special tasks as designated by the President.

VP of Community Affairs:  Shall coordinate any events, including the annual meeting (in coordination with the President). The VP for Community Affairs will chair the Annual Conference Committee and may take on special tasks as designated by the President.

Treasurer:  Shall maintain records of accounts, including all bank deposits and disbursements. The Treasurer is responsible for preparing an annual budget to be approved by the Executive Committee, and serves as the chair of the Finance Committee.

Student Members At Large (2 positions):  These students shall be elected to serve on the Steering Committee and serve for one (1) one (1) year term and will be elected annually.

Nominations End August 15, 2020

  1. All executive committee positions carry a 2-year term. Student Members At Large carry a 1 year term.
  2. All nominees must be NPAA Members in good standing.
  3. All current members are invited to nominate themselves and/or other members. All nominees must complete the “Nomination Form” located at

If you have questions, contact Denise Williams,  
Nominations shall be unrestricted based on consideration of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Home Health Authorization: Changes Pursuant to CARES Act
On March 27, 2020 the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Section 3708 of the CARES Act permanently authorizes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants to certify for Medicare and Medicaid home health care services in accordance with state law. The ruling was finalized on May 8, 2020.  However, these policies do refer back to state law.

The NPAA Legislative Committee has received information from AANP as to the statutes that must be changed for AL NPs to certify for CMS HH services. This issue is a high priority and we will diligently work to allow AL NPs to certify and order DME.
Webinar Invitation-Health Literacy
Leveraging the Power of Nurses: Promoting Health Equity through
a Framework of Cultural Humility

Monday, July 27, 2020 | 3-4 p.m. ET
This webinar is part of a series by the Future of Nursing:  Campaign for Action  to support nurses in their ongoing effort to improve health for all and reduce racial disparities in the United States. During this webinar, we will define cultural humility, which gives us a greater understanding of cultures different than our own; describe the history and evolution of its framework in healthcare; and examine the impact nurses can make in promoting health equity. 
  • Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,
Key Objectives:
  • Discuss what it means to practice cultural humility when caring for patients, families, and communities.
  • Explore how nurses can incorporate cultural humility when leading efforts to promote health equity.
  • Discuss steps that organizations must take to institutionalize cultural humility in their practices and policies, community engagement and approaches to healthcare.
  • Highlight organizations in action and strategies that are community based and moving health equity forward.

Register for this webinar . Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions for joining the meeting.  Please retain this confirmation email . If you do not receive one, or if you have questions, contact Scott Tanaka at .
Can’t make the live webinar? It will be recorded and posted at
AANP Member Update THIS Sat. July 25, 2020
2 020 AANP State of the Association Member Update . This is your chance to hear all about AANP activities, legislative work, membership growth, association financials and more from President Sophia L. Thomas, Treasurer Kathy J. Wheeler and CEO David Hebert. All AANP members are invited to attend —  RSVP by registering for this free event  in the AANP CE Center.